Symbolic Seduction: Women's Rights, Partisan Politics, Ethnocentirsm and American Naricissism

By Edward Curtin, Global Research

In 1929, Edward Bernays, Sigmund Freud’s nephew, U.S./CIA war and coup propagandist, and the founder of public relations, conducted a successful mind-manipulation experiment for the tobacco industry.

In those days there was a taboo against women smoking in public, and Bernays was hired to change that.

Annie Besant London's First Wonder Woman: 19th Century Protest and the Matchgirls Strike 1888

By Greg Guma, Global Research

In Dons of Time, Tonio Wolfe travels back in time to Bloody Sunday and the Matchgirls Strike

During the Sedona vortex expedition he had seen her a second time. Of the infinite choices available to him in that moment he had found her in the midst of a crisis. Could it be an accident? What did it really mean? At least it was possible to isolate the moment — November 13, the climax of a series of demonstrations that had been building for months.

The Mind's River:How a Life Along the Cauvery Stilled my Anxieties

By Nisarg Praksah

“I had noticed earlier that my illness subsided when I had access to the wilderness. Time spent outdoors in wild places were the only happy memories in an otherwise confused and chaotic few years.”


Relating to that Dreaded 'F' Word

By. Sneha Pathak

If the words ‘feminism’ and ‘feminist’ have a negative connotation, it is precisely because we are operating in a deeply patriarchal society

Being a feminist today is as bad as being a fan of Shah Rukh Khan in the year Ra.One was released. Constant mockery is replaced by exasperated sighs, followed by collective rolling of eyes. And finally people just pretend you’re invisible.

Jallikattu: Protests and Anti-Nationalism


By Thamizhchelvan

Jallikattu, a bull-taming sport conducted in the villages of a few districts of Tamil Nadu, was banned by the Supreme Court of India in May 2014. Though there were attempts to remove the ban in 2015 and 2016 during the Pongal festivals, the attempts failed and the ban seemed to settle permanently bringing the centuries old tradition to a grinding a halt. However, this year the country witnessed a weeklong statewide protest involving youth and students, culminating in the passage of an Ordinance by the State Assembly which was immediately enacted as a Law. But in the process, the state also witnessed a sort of revival of separatist and anti-national movements in the name of Tamil culture utilizing a supposedly genuine student movement. Before going into the details of the protests, a look into the history of Jallikattu will be in order.

Trading in Extinction: Is Pet Trade Killing off Animal Species?

By Alice Katherine Hughes

The Wire

Global biodiversity loss doesn’t just result from the destruction of habitats, or even hunting species for meat. Huge number of species are threatened by trade – both alive as pets or exhibits, or dead for use in medicines.

Though people have become increasingly aware of the threat posed by the trade of high-value species, such as the elephant for ivory, and various animals such as tigers, rhinos and the pangolin for medicine, few realise the risk that the pet trade poses to the future survival of many less well-known species.

On visiting a zoo or pet shop, you may expect that the reptiles and amphibians on show are bred in captivity, but many of these animals may have been imported live. In fact, 92% of the 500,000 live animal shipments between 2000-2006 to the US (that’s 1,480,000,000 animals) were for the pet trade, and 69% of these originated in Southeast Asia.

These exports, majority from tropical countries, are increasing annually. And without careful regulation, this trade may be disastrous for many species.

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